Cyprus’s state broadcaster CyBC has officially confirmed that it will return to Eurovision 2015, bringing to an end months of speculation, and bringing smiles to tens of thousands of Eurovision fans on the Mediterranean island. RIK, the Cypriot Broadcasting Corporation, has also revealed details about its national selection—and boy is it exciting!
The Cypriots seem to be taking cues from the Swedes, and will mount a selection show similar to Melodifestivalen. According to an internal document, the Cypriot selection will consist of two semi-finals, one second chance show and one grand final. This is the first time that Cyprus will stage such a big selection show, rather than one live show or an internal selection. The broadcaster plans to hold auditions in the coming months, and will release one-minute videos of each competing entry ahead of the semi-finals.
WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE?
Cyprus is keeping things organic, y’all. Any Cypriot—living at home or abroad—can enter. In addition, at least one of the songwriters or composers must come from Cyprus (so you can’t just purchase a song from Sweden). Jury members for the show are not allowed to compete, compose or write lyrics for any of the entries. Artists must be older than 16, and no more than six people can appear on stage.
The deadline for submissions is the 5th of September.
HOW WILL THE RESULTS BE DETERMINED?
The results will be determined by 50% jury vote and 50% televoting. The jury will consist of three to seven experts. All shows (auditions, semi-finals and final) will be aired by RIK. However, only the two semis and the final will be broadcast live. In each semi-final, the best song will proceed to the final. The songs finishing second will perform at the Second Chance show, where the two best songs will proceed to the final. This means that the final will consist of four entries.
Jurors and televoters will award 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points. The combination of these two votes will determine the result.